Hi, food lovers! A little info about Bites of Jupiter, I'm Hannah and I love to create fun, easy recipes that are healthy or at least healthy-ish and styling mouth watering pictures of food! Thus Bites of Jupiter was born and the rest is history...
I am super passionate about eating healthy and helping others find their own way to incorporate nutrient rich foods into their daily routines without feeling like it's a diet or that they are missing out on any deliciousness. The thing people tell me most about when thinking of eating better is that it isn't affordable or that it is too time consuming to make healthy meals at home all of the time. Well I am here to tell you that it is manageable on tight schedules and can definitely be affordable!
Tips on grocery budgeting:
- Shop for what's in season and only buy produce that will be used within a few days of purchasing.
- Plan ahead! This one is probably one of the most important tips on how to budget meals. I don't do too great with this if I'm being completely honest. And that's just because my taste preferences change so much day to day, that I never know what I want to eat ahead of time. But I still buy most of my staples ahead by choosing ingredients that look fresh and would go with different recipes and flavor profiles. For example, a fresh piece of Salmon, Apples, or a few bunches of Kale will always be used around here. They are a safe bet to buy because I know I can put them to use in many different ways and they are kind of mainstays in my food routine. The things that are recipe specific can be bought the day they will be used. ORRR if you are better than me and able to plan ahead, then they can be bought on a weekly or biweekly grocery shopping trip. They key here is making sure that there isn't food waste. Because food waste is one of the biggest reasons that grocery spending ends up being far more than it needs to be.
Tips on time budgeting:
- Mise en Place. It's a chef-y term used to describe a cardinal rule in cooking: have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go. If you know what you're doing ahead of time, everything comes together much faster and with less stress. This means having all your ingredients needed and prepped as much as they can be prepped. Washing the veggies, portioning out piece of fish or meats, measuring out dry ingredients and placing in a zip lock or container until needed are all ways to accomplish this helpful step. Then dinner, or any meal, can be simply a matter of throwing it all together.
Things that make cooking more enjoyable:
- Something else to consider is the kitchen gadgets and tools you have at your disposal. The 2 most important tools are a good cutting board and a high quality knife. These are pretty much indispensable. I don't even know how to prepare meals without them. A good knife to invest in is Shun. It's be favorite knife brand, has lifetime warranties, and is respected and used by many top chefs. I have this knife and I think it's a good basic knife to have for many different uses. I definitely recommend having more than one knife for different types of cutting/chopping/tenderizing. But this is a good one to start with!
Articles I have found useful:
Read here to learn more about cardinal rules for home chefs to have in your back pocket. They make things easier on you so that the cooking process doesn't feel like such an overwhelming feat.
For some fun chef lingo, check this article out.
I will update this page from time to time, when I find information that may be useful or helpful to you in your cooking journeys.
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For a few favorites, check out my Cherry Yogurt Smoothie, or Homemade Yogurt Balls!
See you in the kitchen! 👩🍳❤️